Vassar College

Terry Gross, host of NPR's Fresh Air, will speak to Vassar students about her life and career, Thursday, October 4, 2007

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY — Terry Gross, the host and co-executive producer of National Public Radio's Peabody Award-winning program Fresh Air, will discuss her life and work Thursday, October 4, 2007 at 8:00 pm in the Students' Building second floor. A question and answer session and book signing will follow Gross's talk.  All events are free and open to the public.

As the host of Fresh Air, NPR's weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues, Gross's interviews are heard by more than 4.7 million people on more than 450 public radio stations. Her guests have included a multitude of celebrated artists, writers, actors, and musicians, among them Philip Roth, James Brown, John Travolta, Sonny Rollins, Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog.

Gross is known for her thoughtful, probing interview style, which The San Francisco Chronicle dubbed "a remarkable blend of empathy, warmth, genuine curiosity, and sharp intelligence." And The Boston Phoenix called Gross "almost certainly the best cultural interviewer in America, and one of the best all-around interviewers, period. Her smart, thoughtful questioning pushes her guests in unlikely directions. Her interviews are revelatory in a way other people's seldom are."

Fresh Air, NPR's most listened-to program, first broadcast out of WHYY in Philadelphia in 1975, and began national distribution on NPR in 1987. Gross and Fresh Air have received several awards since, including a Peabody Award (1994), and the America Women In Radio and Television's "Gracie Award" in the category of National Network Radio Personality (1999). In 2003, Gross received the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, for advancing the "growth, quality and positive image of radio." Gross's book All I Did Was Ask: Conversations with Writers, Actors, Musicians and Artists, a collection of her favorite interviews from Fresh Air, was published by Hyperion in 2004.

The National Book Foundation recently announced that it is awarding Terry Gross the 2007 Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community. This honor will be presented to her at the National Book Awards ceremony in November in New York.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations at Vassar should contact the Office of Campus Activities at (845) 437-5370.

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential, liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations or information on accessibility should contact Campus Activities, (845) 437–5370. Without sufficient notice, appropriate space and/or assistance may not be available.

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Terry Gross
Terry Gross (Photo by Will Ryan)

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